Dark Chocolate & Orange Oatmeal

Woohoo! I’m back! It feels greatย to post a “regular” post again…although I’m still getting used to the lighting in my apartment. You’ll have to put up with that for a while. ๐Ÿ™‚


I was a little nervous about how this recipe would turn out. It seemed like a great concept, but would they pair well in oatmeal? Orange is surprisingly bland in oatmeal, much to my sadness. It doesn’t hold up like grapefruit does! However, I really enjoyed this recipe, and not simply because it was my first bowl of stove-top oatmeal in over a week. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was able to taste the orange, and not just the dark chocolate. Most of the chocolate recipes are pretty “heavy” because they taste like desserts, but this one is much more refreshing because of the citrus.


Something that really helped the orange balance with the chocolate was using orange juice. I’ve talked about this before, but I’m not normally a juice person. My roommate, however, had some orange juice, so I “borrowed” some to help flavor this. You could skip the juice and use water or more almond milk instead, but you might lose valuable orange flavor in your final product. (You can read this post to hear about my take on using juices.)


I think my goal is to post two new recipes (or at least two posts, such as round-ups or tips) a week, probably one on the weekend and one mid-week. I hope that satisfies you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dark Chocolate & Orange Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 orange
  • 4 tsp dark chocolate cocoa powder (I use Hershey's Special Dark)
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Prep your orange.
  2. Bring milk and orange juice to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  3. Take ONE half of the oranges and spoon each segment into the saucepan. Stir until the segments break apart and mix into the oatmeal.
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add cocoa powder and salt. Stir.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Spoon out the remaining orange segments from the other half to top the oatmeal (like the pictures). Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.). If you're extra fancy, add some orange zest. ๐Ÿ™‚


About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

10 Responses to Dark Chocolate & Orange Oatmeal

  1. This looks so good! I love chocolate and orange together. I just found your blog, and I’m so excited to try your recipes! I love oatmeal, and I like to stay away from added sugars, so your recipes look perfect!

  2. Chassi says:

    That looks sooo amazing! I’m googling Hersheys special dark right now, to see if I can get it shipped to Norway. I always make my porridge with cocoa – looking forward to having a big orange on it. <3

    Thank you! Good night. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Aly says:

    I am going through the same exact thing right now! I just started working full time and I have to get up crazy early and I can’t have my normal bowl of yummy oatmeal. It’s sad but then when I do have a bowl, it makes it THAT much better!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Yes…isn’t it depressing? I highly recommend making a large pan of baked oatmeal over the weekend and reheating some in the mornings. It’s been very helpful for me.

  4. Joshua Carr says:

    This was the first of your oatmeals that I tried. It was so fantastic, it nearly brought tears to my eyes! I was wondering if you use any varieties of hot cereals besides old fashioned oats? I have been eating a 7 grain cereal from Bob’s Red Mill that is also really good, but does not go with other flavors as well.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Aww, thanks so much! I’m so glad you liked it. I remember enjoying this one, but I had no idea anyone would like it THAT much! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ve used buckwheat groats before, and I’ve made porridge from both brown rice and quinoa. I haven’t used a “mix” like yours before, but I’ve seen it in the store and have definitely considered it. I’m just extremely loyal to my rolled oats. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Anonymous says:

    My milk keep curdling when I mix orange juice and milk….how does yours not ?

  6. Lyndsey B says:

    Chocolate and orange pair surprisingly well with one another. I love the idea of using orange juice in order to incorporate the flavor into the entire dish. This is such a simple but amazing recipe!

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